Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"No Contract, No Peace" City Workers Chant At Love Park Rally

Despite the rain, LOVE Park was packed this afternoon with more than a thousand union workers. "No contract, no peace," roared the crowd, mostly made up of members from the city's two non-uniform unions -- District Council 33 and District Council 47.

"No Contract, No Peace" City Workers Chant At Love Park Rally

Despite the rain, LOVE Park was packed this afternoon with more than a thousand union workers. "No contract, no peace," roared the crowd, mostly made up of members from the city's two non-uniform unions -- District Council 33 and District Council 47.

The contracts for all four municipal unions expire June 30. Mayor Nutter has said he needs $125 million in contract savings over the next five years to balance the budget. Union leaders today said they weren't taking it.

"Every working person is under attack today," said District Council 33 President Pete Matthews.

Elected officials on stage with union leadership included Council members Janie Blackwell and Curtis Jones Jr. Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel acted as master of ceremonies.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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